Cambodia’s dark history a pall over govt surveillance plans

Government critics and human rights advocates say Cambodia’s push to introduce facial recognition surveillance could be used against political opponents.

Authorities could use facial recognition systems to identify and track individuals and gather vast amounts of personal data leading, Chak Sopheap, director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, told government-funded content publisher Voice of America (VOA).

The country has a decades-long history of massive and brutal human rights abuses. Over the past several months, the Cambodian government has increased repression, including blocking the country’s main opposition party from participating in July’s national elections.

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